For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Mary Kay Clunies-Ross, PIO, (510) 981-5881

NEW GATES CELEBRATE PUBLIC ART, PUBLIC WORKS AND NEIGHBORHOOD HISTORY
Public Works Week gives residents the chance to see some of the equipment and people who make our City work

Berkeley, California (Friday, May 11, 2007) - New gates will serve as a significant public art piece and a pleasant buffer to the Corporation Yard at the historic Ratcliff Building on Allston Way.

As part of National Public Works Week (May 21-25, 2007), the gates will be presented to the public in a ceremony on Thursday, May 24. In addition to the installation of the gates, the public will be invited to attend an open house, enter contests, take home giveaways, and view slideshows, an equipment show and several exhibits.

Tuesday, May 22

1:00 -3:00 p.m.

Solid Waste Transfer Station, 1201 – 2nd Street

Features Public Works Department information and giveaways for the public

Wednesday, May 23

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Civic Center, 2180 Milvia Street, Cypress Room, 1st Floor

 Slideshow highlighting Public Works programs

 Slideshow and exhibit of the new Corporation Yard gates

 Public Works information and giveaways for the public

Thursday, May 24                             

Corporation Yard, 1326 Allston Way

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.: Open House, outdoor exhibits, giveaways

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.: Installation of the Gates, featuring Mayor Tom Bates, Councilmember Darryl Moore, and artist Eric Powell

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.: Employee Recognition Ceremony

2:45 – 4:00 p.m.: Reception and refreshments

 

The large metal Corporation Yard Gates were created by local artist Eric Powell and commissioned by the City’s Civic Arts Commission. They incorporate worker symbols and tie the design to the Yard and the history of the Strawberry Creek Neighborhood. The gates are intended to be a positive buffer, not a barrier, to the activities in the yard and to inspire interest in the diversity and history of the neighborhood and community. The gates are deeply representative of the site, complementing and enhancing its environment, and use rich, tactile surfaces to invite interaction and examination from all who pass by.

 

Of special historic interest is that the gates are being installed at the same time the City is starting a seismic retrofit of the landmark Ratcliff Building, built over 90 years ago.

 

National Public Works Week is celebrated across the country to  honor the men and women who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as public works.

 

In the City of Berkeley, the Public Works Department is responsible for much of the infrastructure we take for granted, including sidewalks, streets, streetlights, clean storm water and sanitary sewers, major City building projects, fire stations, senior centers, public parking garages, garbage and recycling programs, among others.

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